Deceptive and Misleading Claims – How Government Unions Fool the Public

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

California’s public sector unions collect and spend well over $1.0 billion per year. When you have that much money, you can hire thousands of skilled professionals to wage campaigns, litigate, lobby, negotiate, and communicate. You can hire the best public relations firms money can buy. You can commission research studies that spin facts to support […]

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San Jose City Council Capitulates to Police Union Power

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

“He told the class to take advantage of the academy, and then find jobs elsewhere. The police union tries to get us to leave the department.”–  Anonymous source to NBC Bay Area, television report “Another San Jose Police Recruit Says Union Tried to Get Cadets to ‘Find Jobs Elsewhere’,” Oct. 28, 2014 (excerpt begins at 1:38 in […]

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The CTA Empire Strikes Back

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

Emperor Palpatine: There is a great disturbance in the Force. Darth Vader: I have felt it. Emperor Palpatine: We have a new enemy, the young Rebel… Darth Vader: How is that possible? Emperor Palpatine: Search your feelings, Lord Vader. You know it to be true. He could destroy us. The Force is strong with him. – […]

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Retiree with $183,690 Annual Pension Attacks Pension Critics

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

“Critics of public employee retirement benefits are engaging in hyperbole and pointing to potholes as evidence that millions of elderly Californians should be stripped of their retirement savings.” — Brian Rice, president, Sacramento Area Fire Fighters, Sacramento Bee, June 2, 2015 Notwithstanding the possibility that saying pension reformers want to see “millions of elderly Californians stripped of […]

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Pension Reformers are not “The Enemy” of Public Safety

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

“You will find that powerful financial and investment institutions are the ones promoting the attacks on your pensions. Firms like Berkshire-Hathaway and the Koch brothers are backing political candidates and causes all over the country in the hopes of making this issue relevant and in the mainstream media. Why? Because if they can crack your […]

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Libertarians, Government Unions, and Infrastructure Development

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

“Alright, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?” –  John Cleese, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1979 Any discussion of California’s neglected infrastructure has to recognize the three factors most responsible, libertarians, environmentalists, and […]

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Glazer vs. Bonilla 7th Senate District Battle Reflects New Political Split in California

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

California’s politics remain polarized, but not just via the traditional division of Republicans vs. Democrats. As reported here two months ago in the post “Issue of Government Unions Divide Candidates More Than Party Affiliation,” there were two California State Senate contests that remained unresolved after the November 2014 election. One of them, pitting Republican John Moorlach […]

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California’s $12.3 Billion in Proposed School Bonds: Borrowing vs. Reform

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

“As the result of California Courts refusing to uphold the language of the High Speed Rail bonds, the opponents of any bond proposal, at either the state or local level, need only point to High-Speed Rail to remind voters that promises in a voter approved bond proposal are meaningless and unenforceable.” –  Jon Coupal, October […]

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Eureka Faces Pension Headwinds – Just Like Every Other California City

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

The city of Eureka on the far north coast of our state is part of a fabled land, far removed from the rest of drought stricken California. The winds that the ridiculously resilient ridge of high pressure push north find welcoming mountains and canyons in and around Eureka, drenching them with rain, nourishing endless groves of […]

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The Glass Jaw of Pension Funds is Asset Bubbles

Edward Ring
Edward Ring is the vice president of research policy for the California Policy Center.

“Calpers argued that the California constitution’s guarantee of contracts shielded pensions from cuts in bankruptcy. The fund also asserted sovereign immunity and police powers as an ‘arm of the state,’ including a lien on municipal assets.” –  Wall Street Journal Editorial, “Calpers Gets Schooled,” February 8, 2015 If you want powerful evidence of crony capitalism at its […]

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